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York: River Ouse Lunch Cruise

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York: River Ouse Lunch Cruise

Activity provider: City Cruises York
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From US$ 43.71 per person

Enjoy a delightful 1.5-hour cruise with a delicious 2 course, buffet-style lunch freshly cooked and served on board the Captain James Cook, the largest boat on the River Ouse.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide


  • See the stunning Bishopthorpe Palace, 13th Century residence of His Grace the Archbishop of York
  • Enjoy a delicious 2 course lunch; the main course is freshly cooked on board and is followed by our Chef's choice of dessert
  • Listen to a combination of informative, live commentary and relaxing, background music
Full description
Join a delightful 1.5-hour cruise and enjoy a delicious 2 course, plated lunch served on board the Captain James Cook boat. Your dessert will also be accompanied by tea or coffee. This cruise sails from our King’s Staith Landing only. Boarding commences at 11:30 AM, with your lunch served from 12:00 PM. Your cruise will also include relaxing background music whilst you enjoy your lunch, followed by some informative commentary from a local, knowledgeable skipper as the boat turns at Bishopthorpe Palace, the stunning riverside residence of His Grace the Archbishop of York and also as you head back upstream into the city. Menu: Individual Chicken and Ham Hock Wellington, Roast New Potatoes, White Wine and Thyme Sauce, served a selection of seasonal vegetables. or Vegetarian Option: Creamed Leek, Mixed Bean, Mushroom and Wensleydale Wellington, Wilted Spinach and Tomato Sauce, served a selection of seasonal vegetables. --- Chocolate and Strawberry Roulade --- Tea or Coffee
  • 2 course lunch
  • A tea or coffee served with dessert
  • Alcoholic drinks (although they can be purchased on board)
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

King's Staith Landing, King's Staith, York, YO1 9SN (across from the Queen's Hotel and outside the King's Arms and Lowther public houses)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • Unfortunately, the Lunch Cruise does not sail on a wheelchair accessible vessels and so there will be some steps before you get to your table
  • Please note there are also no baby changing facilities, highchair facilities or push-chair storage on this vessel
  • Vegetarian option is available and most dietary requirements can also be catered for; however, advance notice must be given at the time of booking or a minimum of 2 days before the date of travel
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 93 reviews

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The trip seemed very organised. The 1.5hours was just enough time. All staff were extremely friendly and welcoming. The food was delicious (Thai green chicken curry and a chocolate brownie). However I will say, the menu that was stated on the get your guide website was completely different to what we were served. Also at the time of booking, there was no option to state whether we required meat or the vegetarian option. Me and my Mother did not require any different options but I am mindful that some people do.

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May 6, 2022

Was a bit disappointed to find that when we got onboard the whole upper deck had been pre booked by a bus tour , we were shown to a table in the salon down near the waterline . My wife and I didn’t think it very fair as we were given no option to pre book and felt a bit isolated. Also it was a bit confusing exactly where the cruise was leaving from as there are several jetties on the river side .

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October 19, 2021

The standard of food exceeded my expectations, being tasty, hot and well cooked, not overcooked. Lovely chocolate roulade too! Service was friendly and attentive too. It was pleasant to lunch on the river and the tour should be booked (I believe) on that basis, rather than expecting a lot to see and hear. The trip (as you would expect in summer with the trees and growth on the riverbanks) did not have a lot to see, but the pilot did his best with the little he had. Excruciating jokes (just about forgivable) but not my taste in background music - light jazz, when I'd've preferred something less obtrusive and mellow. It was, however, good value and I would recommend it.

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August 18, 2021

Product ID: 132342